What Just Happened?

What Just Happened?

What Just Happened?

Barry Levinson built his career on a reputation of being bitingly satirical, enjoying success with Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man and Wag the Dog. A few minor misfires like Sphere and Robin Williams vehicle Man of the Year, haven't really sullied his name, with a major cast signing up for his latest cynical venture.

Set against the Hollywood backdrop of child support, ex-wives, therapy, and affairs of the heart, mind and bedroom, What Just Happened? is based on the memoir of successful movie bigwig Art Linson and stars Robert De Niro in the central role of a fading movie producer. The inner bowels of the movie business is on show: its tantrums, over-indulgences, cynicism and general distrust and fear of the next crisis. Also stars Catherine Keener, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Robyn Wright Penn.

2008Rating: M, contains violence, sexual references and offensive language107 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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This is scarcely the first time prominent industry insiders have turned their lenses on their own kind to hold them up to public scrutiny, even ridicule, and in the annals of pictures about the film capital, writer-producer Art Linson and director Barry Levinson's rates somewhere in the midrange, both in quality and viciousness.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Makes Hollywood looks like a very expensive, lethal version of high school, but lots of fun from a safe distance.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Think of it as old Hollywood's version of "Entourage," an insider's take on the greed and vanity that make Tinseltown tick.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Not an insightful look into movie-making but well-acted, easy entertainment.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The movie is brilliant at portraying the incredibly high stakes of the seemingly inconsequential and the tremendous amounts of money spent on it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The question is: What has Levinson and Linson brought to this re-make that is exciting, new and different? Not much.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A playful industry satire made by victors. That's actually pretty cold when you think about it.

3.0
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I suppose you are supposed to learn

something about the lives of Hollywood personalities. Seems overplayed and underinteresting and with such a cast, this shouldn't have been.

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

This is scarcely the first time prominent industry insiders have turned their lenses on their own kind to hold them up to public scrutiny, even ridicule, and in the annals of pictures about the film capital, writer-producer Art Linson and director Barry Levinson's rates somewhere in the midrange, both in quality and viciousness.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Makes Hollywood looks like a very expensive, lethal version of high school, but lots of fun from a safe distance.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Think of it as old Hollywood's version of "Entourage," an insider's take on the greed and vanity that make Tinseltown tick.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Not an insightful look into movie-making but well-acted, easy entertainment.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The movie is brilliant at portraying the incredibly high stakes of the seemingly inconsequential and the tremendous amounts of money spent on it.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The question is: What has Levinson and Linson brought to this re-make that is exciting, new and different? Not much.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A playful industry satire made by victors. That's actually pretty cold when you think about it.

3.0
0

I suppose you are supposed to learn

something about the lives of Hollywood personalities. Seems overplayed and underinteresting and with such a cast, this shouldn't have been.

2.0
0